German Idioms


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German Idioms

Every language has its fair share of idiomatic usage, and German is no exception. Some idioms have historic origins, some are simply logical or practical, and many are just plain old fun. Idioms are not necessarily a required element for communicating ideas in a language, but they add a lot of spice and authenticity to a language. They also are generally very difficult to translate in a literal sense because they tend to be culturally unique. If you want to sound like a true German native, however, you will have to master using–or at least comprehending–German idioms.

Here is a collection of images to help you understand and remember some specific German idioms:


If you are looking for a visual on a specific topic, try the gallery search below. It’s not very elegant, but it should work.





5 Responses to German Idioms

  1. jan smith says:

    brilliant! why weren’t you around forty years ago?

    • ddyve says:

      Well, I actually I was . . . but I did not even have an inkling at the time that I would ever become a German teacher. 🙂

  2. I love this Bild des Tages! The pictures help to fix the idioms in my memory! Please keep creating; they are great for me and my students.


    • ddyve says:

      Thank you. I’m glad you find the images useful. I remember things best visually myself. I will try to keep creating new ones on a regular basis. Viel Spass beim Lernen und Unterrichten.

  3. Hello,

    These Bild des Tages idiom explanations are fantastic! Can’t thank you enough! I am learning so much!


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